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i'm andrea roane. >> happy friday, brenda. thanks a lot for joining us. i'm mike hydeck. you're okay too, monika. >> thank you to everybody. >> i'm glad i woke up this morning. the rest of the day has got to be getting better. this is great. friday, holiday weekend, we're drying out. weather is looking better and hotter. going to feel more like july 4 than memorial day by monday. here's a look outside first before we see your day planner on this friday. wow, thanks, brenda. that's flattering. 72 right now. we'll break out of the clouds. nice at lunch hour, 80 degrees. wifndles out of the southeast 5 to 10 miles an hour with highs in the mid-80s and only an isolated thunderstorm today. we'll see fewer storms than we've seen yesterday afternoon. more rain in northern virginia once again. incredible but that stuff has lifted away from us. radar is quiet now. a touch of fog toward the west. visibilities in petersburg and
harrisonburg about a quarter mile. same with the tappahannock airport but we're still at ten miles here. a quick look at temps before you head out this morning. leave the jackets at home. we do have 50s in oakland but 70 in manassas. 72 in town and 73 on the bay. let's go to monika santami. monika, i love watching you every morning. and i love watching you every morning. thank you, howard. this is just one big love fest. oh, yes. we truly do like each other. it's true, we have a great time in the morning. i think you're going to have a great time this morning as well. that's because if you're headed out early, it's not going to be much of a problem. the beltway looks great. no problems between college park and bethesda. 270 is okay out of frederick. no problems on 95 out of baltimore. let's go live outside right now. if you're planning to head over here, that's a nice shot. i just found that one. the beltway at the national harbor running smoothly on the south side of town as are all of the southern maryland corridors as well. let's go back over to the maps. this time we'll head to the other side of town.
if you're planning to head if from the west, dulles airport or out to the airport, you're going to be just fine. no problems out of manassas into centreville and fairfax. a lot of people are going to be out in their cars this weekend. you definitely want to take it nice and slow. we'll take you out live right now with a last live look at the american legion bridge. on the west side of town still running smoothly. 95 in virginia at 5:01. >> thank you, monika. plans have been finalized to celebrate the life of the godfather of go go. a viewing for musician chuck brown will take place tuesday at the howard theater from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. then there will be a public memorial service next thursday from noon until 3:00 at the washington convention center. brown died last week. he was age 75. his unique mix of punk soul and latin party sounds made good ogo a lasting hit in the nation's capital. a woman awaits sentencing after being convicted in a deadly hit-and-run crash. a prince george's county jury found christy littleford guilty for failing to remain at the
scene of an accident. prosecutors say littleford drove home after hitting bicyclist natasha pettigrew on the bike when the bike struck the suv. pettigrew was hit on route 202 in largo. it happened in september 2010. she died the next day. pettigrew was running for u.s. senate in maryland as a green party candidate. another campaign staffer for d.c. mayor vincent gray is waiting to learn his sentence now. howard brooks pleaded guilty yesterday to lying to the f.b.i. admitting he tried to conceal some payments that were made to sulaimon brown. both brooks and another aide thomas gore say brown was paid to keep up attacks on the incumbent then mayor adrian fenty. to this point mayor gray has not been implicated in the ongoing federal probe. here we go again with d.c. councilman marion barry. he made nice with the asian community yesterday, but he offended another nationality in the process. he met with leaders of the
asian american organization to apologize for some recent offensive comments he made. he did it last month. however, barry then said when he was explaining why many different groups of people met with hostility when they first came to the united states, he offended somebody else. >> the irish came her. the jews came here. pollocks came here. >> which is considered a derogatory name for polish people. it is 5:04. time for the latest your money report of the morning. >> jessica, take it away. >> okay, i will do so. so greece, there's this country called greece and a debt crisis going on and global markets can't seem to forget about that. the other problem asian markets are having from this morning, concerns about slowing of economic growth in china. on wall street investors really
have been looking for direction. checking the numbers the dow standing this morning at 12,529 adding 33 points in trading yesterday. nasdaq had an off day. it was down by almost 11 points. but the s&p 500 was higher by about 2. the senate has rejected two different bills which would keep student loan rates low. if congress doesn't pass a bill by july 1, then the interest rates on federal student loans will double. the senate appears to be deadlocked in a partisan battle. lawmakers rejected dueling democratic and republican plans with votes coming mostly on party lines. and bad news for local oyster fans. under a program to foster the oyster population in maryland, the state last september handed out participant some equipment to hang from their piers in which largo oysters were suppose to grow. the plan was to move the baby moist teres where they would filter local waterways but several participants report mortality rates of 90% or
worse. they blame it on heavy rains last august and september that lowered the salinity levels in the water and obviously part of this process was to filter the water. oysters can filter 50 gallons of water a day individually. isn't that amazing? >> that means the prices of oysters will go up. >> absolutely. >> i was in baltimore earlier this week. that big, that wide oysters on the half shell. unbelievable. too bad. what do you have for us in the next half-hour? >> maximizing your savings by using your cell phone. we'll look at some options. >> by using your cell phone. not when you're driving. >> well maybe if you're the passenger. police now say they have a confession in a 30-year-old missing child case. that story is coming up. plus, the gsa official at the center of the scandal over the lavish vegas outing has been forced out of his job. >> ahead in sports redskins veterans work out their kirks
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5:08. kind of muggy out there but the radar is quiet this morning and just a touch of fog well south of town toward tappahannock and the shenandoah valley. we've got clouds this morning which are going to be breaking up and sunshine is going to return. that's going to boost temperatures into the middle 80s. 8 on by lunch time and -- 80 by lunch time and only an isolated thunderstorm possible by this afternoon. even less than yesterday. i'll be back in five minutes
giving you that full holiday weekend forecast and the hurricane season outlook from noaa. right now let's go to monika. she has a look at time saver traffic. i am looking at the wilson bridge on the south side of town. no problems to report between oxon hill and alexandria. and we're still running smoothly on 95 all the way to 395 and the 14th street bridge. i'll have more coming up in my next report. back to you guys. the official start of summer is nearly a month away but for millions of americans, memorial day kicks off their summer vacation season. >> that's right. families will be jamming the highways as you try to get out of town or come into town, whichever you're doing. those staying around here will have some weather feels like 4th of july. delia goncalves is live at the bay bridge, the sight of much anticipated traffic later today. good morning, delia. >> reporter: good morning, mike, andre ya. it's quiet right now. we can see traffic picking up over the bay bridge and heading this way. two things folks can expect this memorial day weekend, you alluded to it, some soaring
temperatures and crowded roads ahead. so prepare yourself. aaa mid-atlantic predicts 34.8 million americans will hit the roads this weekend traveling more than 50 miles from home. get this. that's a 1.2% increase and the biggest spike that aaa has seen in about six years. the numbers we're told increased slightly in the greater washington area, but everyone certainly has the same goal in mind with those soaring temps and the long weekend ahead, it's time to hit the beach. >> in all of the years i've been with aaa this is only the second year where we have seen gas prices falling during memorial day. generally they're peaking or still on their way up. it's quite unusual. >> reporter: pretty unusual and that spells for a -- well, i guess a good scenario for lots
of folks on the road, but you have to drive with caution and with patience. you're going to have to share the road with lots of travelers and lots of police. so with these expected travelers, unfortunately come lots more accidents. we're going to have that part of the story coming up at 5:30 when we see you then. back to you. >> delia goncalves live at the bay bridge this morning, scene of much traffic later on. making news now at 5:11, today a suspect will be arraigned in the murder of 6- year-old etan patz. patz disappeared 33 years ago today in new york city. police say pedro hernandez has admitted to strangling the body and dumping his body in the trash. today is national missing children's day because may 25 is the day etan disappeared. an autopsy will be performed on a pennsylvania father and his two sons after their bodies were discovered thursday in kent county, maryland. they were last seen wednesday.
they were working at the dairy farm. their bodies were recovered in a manure pit at that farm. maryland state police this appears to be an accident. the man who planned that $800,000 gsa conference in las vegas has lost his job with the government agency. jeff neely is one of five agency workers who had been forced out. an agency source tells channel 9 that at least four more gsa officials are on the chopping block. it's called the freedom rock. we'll show you one artist's annual memorial day tribute to america's military. that's coming up at 5:56. at 5:40, we'll check out the new movies coming to theaters this weekend. >> at 5:15, how about some 90s in your seven-day forecast. you've got that right. howard has details coming up.
good morning. welcome back to 9news now. it is 5:15 on this friday morning. it's a getaway friday for many of you and will the weather be a problem? here's howard. >> not so much of a problem. it's getting better. thankfully it's drying out and we're going to warm up, especially here in town. going to the temperatures -- going to the beaches temperatures on the water will probably be the mid-70s. we're going to be in the mid- 80s this afternoon. it's muggy also but i want to start with a look at tropical forecast. the hurricane forecast. this came out yesterday for noaa, national oceanic graphic
atmospheric administration. dr. gerald bell was a ph.d. student when i was an undergrad. he's the lead forecaster. it's average, right where it should be. 9 to 15 named storms. average 10. not every named tropical storm make it is to a hurricane. of the four to eight, we're expecting 1 one to three becoming major hurricanes. if elnina starts to kick in early, the numbers might be lower because the upper level winds would sheer the tops of any developing tropical systems. it makes it more difficult to dove. this morning mostly cloudy, spotty drizzle at your bus stop forecast. lower 60s. even a touch of fog way west of town in the mountains. low 60s there to low 70s in town with sunrise happening here in about half an hour or so. 35 minutes give or take. day planner 75 at 9:00. still mostly cloudy.
midday sunshine, 79 degrees. and by 5:00 84. we should make a high of about 86, maybe about 4:00 p.m. but also there will be an isolated thunderstorm or two in the afternoon but even less activity than yesterday afternoon and evening. this morning it's all quiet. there's the last of it. going up the mouth of the chesapeake here and falling apart. a few showers off shore of the southern part of the delmarva. the fog that i was talking about, you see town at the tappahannock airport quarter mile visibility there. cumberland you're foggy along with petersburg. now down to zero in the lower part of the valley. winchester and martinsburg, your visibilities have dropped to less than a mile. areas out west watch out. temps upper 60s to low 70s. haymarket down to 66. it's 72 in college park. as we look outside on our michael & son weather camera, some low clouds around the capital. 72 degrees with the clouds and a southeast wind light at 3 miles an hour. so we're drying out. that means we're going to warm
up. your forecast today about 86. stray thunderstorm or two. tonight we're in the 60s, even near 70 for a low. maybe that isolated evening storm. 88 tomorrow. stray afternoon storm. 90 on sunday. monday 91. about 20% chance of a storm either afternoon. tuesday a few storms, 88. here comes the front by mid week cooling us down to 83 by thursday. it's 5:18. here comes monika with time saver traffic. she'll let you know what you can expect. right now what you can expect is traffic still relatively light and that's a good thing. if you're one of those that plans to leave early for your holiday weekend, i think you're going to get there on time right now. want to let you know in gainesville, route 15 is blocked between route 29 and i- 66 at market ridge boulevard. that's because of a fallen tree. so be aware of that. but the toll road itself in and out of the airport looks fine. no problems to report as you come inbound or outbound this morning. no problems on 66 as well out of manassas into centreville.
right now volumes are still very light. let's go outside live. if you're planning to head here on the northbound or southbound sides of i-95, you're going to be fine. beau directions right now very light between the beltway, lorton and woodbridge and the occoquan river. we'll go live to the other side springfield. no problems to report here. a quick look at our maps again. if you're planning to head out of frederick and into frederick beyond, no problems right now. coming up in my next report, we'll go out east at 5:25. back to you. >> thanks, monika. robert griffin iii will get a little defensive perspective from each side of his locker. >> and after some people wrote them off, the miami heat play their way to the eastern conference finals. stay tuned for sports. >> question of the day once again, who do you think tops the list of the person who gets the most mail in the whole world? is it a, the pope, b, santa claus or c, the president of the united states? >> kerry wrote, i have to say santa. everyone knows who that is but not everyone knows who the pope
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some cloudiness, fog, spotty drizzle here. 75 by 9:00. we get to midday and we'll be pushing 80 degrees with partly to mostly sunny skies. in the afternoon we're going to pop an isolated shower or two. 83 by 3:00 with highs aboutle 6 or so -- about 86 or so. again spotty showers. robert griffin iii finds his locker between two of the redskins biggest defensive stars. interesting. kristen berset has your morning sports. good morning, everybody. the effects of last season's n.f.l. lockout were apparent throughout this past season. players didn't condition as well as they should v. guys like santana moss who had the worst season of his career. those injured weren't as close to 100% as they should have been. aka chris cooley who didn't rehab his knee properly. but now these guys are back with their team reportedly in better shape ready to compete with the youngster. they used this week of otas to
shake off the rust and say they're focus this season is to become a well oiled machine. >> the focus is to -- [indiscernible] , getting the feeling for him, all the receivers and all of us working together because that's what it's going to take for us to do something special this year. >> rg3 will have great tours. his locker is sandwiched between two guys he can learn a lot if and just in case two guys that will keep him in check. sunday's indy 500 poll sitter at last night's pacer heat game, indiana looking to avoid elimination but the heat looking to be done with this series. lebron james with 28 points last night. dwyane wade a double double, game high 21 points. they beat the pacetories advance to the eastern conference finals. that's a quick look at sports this morning. i'm kristen berset.
have a great friday. two well known capitals players are helping to spread their sport to young people. washington goalie braden holtby and joel ward visited some students. the team donated a set of hockey equipment to the school. this weekend he'll introduce many of the performers at thage memorial day concert at the u.s. capitol. >> but the actor took the stage himself last night to help out a virginia marine. that story is coming up. a quick check of commute. >> beltway north of town still running smoothly. it pretty much looks like this between 95 and college park and 270 in bethesda. coming up in my next report, a look at your airport traffic at 5:30. you're watching 9news now. stay with us.
welcome back to 9news now. he's the post popular man in the metro area. one woman said i have to say specifically good morning to howard. >> another one. >> why not. it's friday, holiday weekend. >> he can't shut that off. there's no switch on that. >> off camera, on camera. >> i'm andrea. he's mike. she's monika. >> i'll never have a day like this again. never again. weather wise it's looking pretty good. saturday improving. we're drying out. we're heating up. the holiday is here but it's not july 4th even though it's going to feel like that. this morning we look outside on our michael & son weather camera. a little bit of light. we're about 20 minutes or so from the sunrise. 79 degrees. there may be a stray thunderstorm here by midday or
the afternoon but we're going to see a good deal of sunshine as temperatures get into the mid-80s this afternoon. we'll notice the showers and storms yesterday evening. fewer than wednesday evening and this morning it's all quiet here. there's some moisture off shore now and in southeastern virginia but that's just going to hug the coast and stay off shore. around here we'll have to wait till we heat up. one thing to caution you about. some fog. visibilities have been dropping in martinsburg, winchester. cumberland visibilities a half mile or less. watch toward the tappahannock airport with temps in the 60s and low 70s. let's go to monika santami. it's 5:30. time saver traffic. >> i bet a lot of you are packing up early to leave out of town. that's at least 7 on% of us in washington -- 70% of us in washington that are going to travel by car. if you are traveling by car or heading out to the airport, i think you're going to be okay. no problems on 395 or any of the routes trying to get here to national airport. you're going to be absolutely fine. traffic volumes are very light.
let's take a live look at the 14th street bridge. no issues to report across the bridge span heading north on 95 or 395 through springfield. we'll go back over to the maps and this time over to the dulles airport. no problems on the toll road heading outbound or in from loudoun county toward the airport. we're going to be fine right now. no problems on 66. we'll take a look at legion bridge if that's where you're headed to get to the dulles toll road. no problems here a. quick look near bwi airport in glen bernie. everything fine on i-97 at route 100. in my next report at 5:39, a look at 270. along with rolling thunder, he has become a part of the memorial day traditions here in washington. >> before he co-hosts sunday's memorial day concert, actor gary sinise made a stop in southern virginia. ♪ >> not just acting, he's really good. sinise took the stage with his
band last night in martinsville. the band is named after the wounded vietnam veterans he portrayed in the movie "forest gump." the many raised from this concert stop will help one virginia marine. >> i'm honored and proud, especially with the community coming around, coming together like this and stuff and helping out as much as they can. >> marine corporal j.b.kearns was hit by an ied while serving in afghanistan. he lost his right arm and both legs. he spent most of 2011 in the hospital. now with the help of sinise and others, they're raising the money needed to build a custom home to accommodate his needs as a multiple amputee. another annual memorial day tradition, arlington national cemetery. soldiers from the old guard placed u.s. flags in front of each grave site. more than 250,000 flags in all. each flag placed on the ground in exact one -- an exact one foot away from the marker. another set of traditions
that start today. the first getaway of the summer. millions of families are expected to hit area roads to go somewhere special for the long memorial day weekend. 9news now reporter delia goncalves is live at one popular vacation crossing spot the bay bridge. the dreaded bay bridge on this weekend. good morning, delia. >> reporter: good morning, andrea. who wouldn't want to get away with temperatures as hot as we're expecting. i think i heard howard say it's already like 70 degrees at beach. if you can get out early, that's probably a good idea because you can expect more traffic the later into the weekend that you do travel. but as the sun is coming up here over the bay bridge, we can see some cars heading over the span already heading if our direction. so this weekend we're expecting much more traffic on the roads. so with more cars, unfortunately you can expect some more crashes. so police are trying to keep you in check. so that doesn't ruin your holiday weekend. expect lots of police on the roads as they work to control
traffic flow, even though everyone has certainly has a party on their minds. aaa has startling statistics. according to aaa, 420 lives may be lost nationwide over this one weekend. 42,000 car wrecks. that's about five deaths and 538 crashes each and every hour over the weekend. so listen to police and drive with caution. >> the maryland state police and our other state law enforcement agencies are ready for this weekend and the upcoming summer season. we want everyone traveling in maryland to have a safe summer. summer in maryland can be a wonderful time. don't let the thrill of graduation or summer vacation cloud your judgment when it comes to traffic safety. >> reporter: police are also cautioning drivers to keep an eye on the motorcycles that are going to be on the road
certainly with the warm temps. there will be lots of motorcycles on the road. you do have to share the roads and especially the narrow spans of the bay bridge with those motorcycles as well. coming up at 6:00, a live interview with lon anderson from aaa. back to you. >> delia live at the bay bridge this morning. also this morning, d.c. mayor vincent gray will take part if an annual tradition as he attends the ribbon cutting for the new rose dale community center in northeast. the mayor will preside over the opening. the city's outdoor pool for the summer. the city's poorks and recreation department has 19 outdoor pools, 11 spay parks and five children schools that will open this weekend. >> the spray parks are fun. 5:35. time for another your money report now. >> jessica doyle is back with that special report on saving you money when you hit the road. >> that's right. time to load up the family trucks or hit the road. we know everybody is going to be doing that today. this is the unofficial start of the summer vacation season. this year aaa predicts more than 34 million people will
travel 50 miles or more, an increase of 1.2% over last year. and nowadays travelers can tap into the power of their smartphones to find discounts on the go. >> reporter: with vacation season upon us, google has been tracking the search terms washingtonians are using the most. >> particularly in the d.c. area folks in the last month or so have searched for vacation ideas. that's up about 26% and cheap flights have increased about 8% over the same time. >> reporter: and tips for saving money are top of mind. because ever the power of those little computers in our pockets, we don't have to arrive at our destination anymore with a full itinerary laid out and discounts lined up. >> one of the things we're increasingly seeing is people can do it while they're on go. >> reporter: that means using your sportphone to plot out your cheapest gas along your drive or when you get to your vacation site, using sites like groupon and google offers to find deals on food and fun and
finding itself fastest way to the beach. >> turn-by-turn navigation, travel layer, there's even street view imagery. maybe smooth over that relationship so you're not arguing about is this the best way to go, is this the right route. we've all had that moment with our spouse or loved ones. >> absolutely have had that moment. now, if you're hitting the road, there are a couple of apps you may want to check out. check out gas buddy, cheap gas and local gas prices and all of these apps are free. >> i've got to do that. that makes sense. >> right now i'm taking jessica's advice. >> if you're a little worried you're running out of gas on the road, you can plot out what your closest gas station is because sometimes you start sweating it when you notice that gas light go on. >> i love the smartphone but i never put all that stuff together. road trip, let's do that. >> just don't do it while you're driving. coming up, we'll tell you
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it is 5:40. another very humid morning out here, kind of sticky, very fine drizzle, maybe frizzing up your hair. we're going to get to some sunshine later this morning and a pretty decent day. we're looking at temperatures climbing toward the 08-degree -- 80-degree mark by lunch time. highs in the middle 80s. i'll be back in a few minutes looking ahead toward the weekend. here's monika with your time saver traffic. i'm just beginning to see some volume on some of the major thoroughfares. here at the wilson bridge,
traffic still moving smoothly between oxon hill and alexandria. south of town no problems to report on any of the southern maryland corridors. coming up in my next report, we'll go to virginia at 5:45. i've been combing through the day's daily deals, e-mails and retailer websites to find you some deep discounts on this friday morning. here's some of my favorites. we want to tell you about hurricane season. it starts in a week so virginia has this sales tax holiday on storm supplies. it starts today. it runs through the end of the month. that means no tax on things like flashlights, tarps, bottled water and so much more. now to philing up our bellies. barbecue lunch sound good for today? living social is now doing lunch. the pop-up lunch spot this week is featuring the winner of the national capital barbecue battle. $12.95 plus tax. you'll get an award pulled pork barbecue sandwich, a side and a soft drink or sweet tea.
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good morning. welcome back to 9news now. 5:47. before you get away, you want to hear howard's forecast. >> it's looking good. keep the umbrella with you. most of us are not growing to need it today. it's getting better out there in the sense the triggers for the storm are weakening. the amount of storms we'll see will lessen as well. here's a look at the allergy update. we get the numbers about noon every day from our friends at the allergy extract lab. grass pollen high. mold spores about 10,000 higher
than what they were the day before. weeds and trees are low. here'suous bus stop forecast. there's just a up touch of drizzle in the air. very light with the cloudy skies and a little bit of fog in a few spots too. temperatures in the 60s to low 70s this morning. sunrise occurring at 5:48. right now we've got 75 degrees. mostly cloudy skies at 9:00. partly sunny at noon. we'll be near 80 with a southeast wind at 5. might not be a bad afternoon to eat outside. you're going to have to watch the radar for the isolated thunderstorms i'm expected. a lot less than yesterday evening. 84 degrees. southeast winds at 10:00 by 5:00. an isolated shower this morning. went up the mouth of the bay. might have fell apart by i-95. only a quarter mile visibility at the tappahannock airport. out west we're doing better now. to millions in winchester but zero toward harrisonburg and cumberland. temps in the 60s and low 70s.
excuse me. 72 here in washington with the clouds and spotty drizzle. winds out of the southeast only 3 miles an hour. barometer 30.11. want to show you national temps because there's a front. chicago 72. minneapolis 55. bismarck 38. so there's colder air here. that front is not going to make it till maybe tuesday, wednesday of next week. so we're going to be dealing with some warm air out ahead of it. we'll see temps rise well into the 80s to near 90 even over the next couple of days. even some low 90s possible. look at all the storms here. these allergies, they've been a struggle all spring. today the showers are off shore this morning. we're doing all right. we're going to do all right. maybe isolated storms we'll see pop-up as we look at future cast. still okay through midday. this afternoon there are those isolated spotty thunderstorms that will diminish somewhat tonight. even on saturday looks like the best chance will be north and west of us. if you go to the mountains tomorrow, better chance of
storms. going to the bay. your temperatures right at the ocean will be in the mid-70s. inland will be in the 80s. 86 today. spotty storms. 88 tomorrow. 90 on sunday. just a stray storm tomorrow. as we head toward the rest of the seven-day, hot on memorial day, 91. tuesday an isolated storm 88. here comes some storms wednesday, 85. cooler by thursday if you call 83 cool but cooler. 5:50, monika santami, good morning to you. good morning, howard. good morning, everybody. things are looking good. we just got a couple of things right now going on in terms of volume. in springfield and on 270 out of frederick. but nothing too much to worry about luckily. things on 95 down in dale city are normal coming up into woodbridge to springfield as well. let's take a live look outside and as i said, both hov and main lanes it might be a tiny bit heavier than it is normally at this time. on 395 a little bit in land mash and 14th street bridge. let's go back out to the maps. this time heading out to dulles
airport, you'll fine for an early morning flight. no issues right now. 66 statement story out of manassas. by the way everything is fine at national airport and bwi as well. i'll end with a live look here on the dulles toll road at route 28 as i said. nice and quiet this morning. coming up in my next report, we'll go to the north side of town at 6:00. back you to, mike. here's what's making news at 5:51. in campaign 2012, president obama made a second trip to iowa in the last month. he told voters in des moines that mitt romney's plan for the economy would only add to the deficit. the obama campaign has already spent $2.6 million in iowa which is considered a key swing state. presumptive republican nominee mitt romney is also taking a break over the holiday weekend. in philadelphia thursday romney continued his week of events centered on education. but he found a critical crowd host mo disagree with romney assertions that class size doesn't matter. the spacex rocket is edging closer and closer to the international space station
now. this morning the commercial spacecraft is scheduled to fire its engines so it can position itself to dock at the iss. it's the first time a private aircraft has gone on a mission to the space station. there's another company hot on spacex' heels. orbital science based in dulles. as kristin fisher reports, it's poised as a leader in commercial space flight. >> launch of the spacex falcon 9 rocket. >> reporter: spacex has taken the title of the first private company to launch a spacecraft to the space station. but orbital science is based in dulles is just six months behind. their mission from nasa is the same. resupply the space station. but orbital has had less time and less money to get the job done. >> we've closed the gap with the spacex team. >> reporter: carl walts has spent 200 days aboard the space as an astronaut. now he's helping develop
orbitals. >> it's very exciting because, you know, we're developing something that has not been definitelied by the big government nasa before. >> reporter: this is orbital's mission control complex. this is where the capsule will be controlled once it launches from the rocket sometime later this year. that launch will take lace in virginia at nasa's flight facility. it's one of the reasons governor bob mcdonnell said virginia is poised to become a leader in commercial space launch operations. orbital's ambitions are aimed at space, but the payoff is already being felt here on earth with 2,000 jobs and counting in the d.c. area alone. >> i believe it's a good thing for the state of virginia and for the whole economy around virginia because it really propels this area into the human space flight area. >> reporter: in dulles, kristin fisher, 9news now. >> the first test launch of orbital's rocket is expected to take place in september and their first real launch to the
space station slated for the end of this year. well, if you're packing up for memorial day trips, you're going to have plenty of company when it comes to weekend travel. we have a preview coming up. we'll take you to an annual tourist attraction in the nation's midsection which is one man's labor of lover for our troops. we'll be back.
as we head through the mid- morning, a little drizzle in one or to spots. 75 by 9:00. midday partly sunny, upper 70s to around 80. this afternoon spotty to isolated showers and storms. a lot less than we've seen. highs going to be about 86 or so. as millions of americans take their first summer vacations this weekend, one man has finished his annual tribute to fallen u.s. troops. >> some travelers will go out of their way just to see it. reporter eric hansen has more from greenfield, iowa. >> reporter: immerse yourself in a project for a full month and you lose track of the hours. >> i don't know. i've never kept track because i hate to count. i'm an artist so that's not really my forte. >> reporter: multiply that by 14 years and you learn a little bit about your rocky canvas and what sticks to stone and what doesn't. >> it destroys brushes. i have to jab at the rock. >> reporter: after applying 14
counts of exterior paint to the massive roadside rock north of greenfield, the artist named bubba also also learned the stone acts like a magnet. >> after we saw is the first time we thought what a tribute. >> reporter: they made it a point to visit year after year even though they live four hours away. >> i think it's a wonderful tribute to all those who have lost legs and lives. >> reporter: some share stories that make bubba's brush freeze. >> i only received three teeth from my husband in vietnam. stories like that that just make you kind of stop in your tracks. >> reporter: but his biggest lesson after 14 years has come from the veterans themselves. >> they may seem grizzly and i don't know how else you want to say it but they're big teddy bears at heart. >> reporter: guys who didn't cry while serving can't help it when they see his work. some of the same guys...
>> in is a guy that just recently passed away. >> reporter: ashes bubba mixes with green paint and includes in the tribute this artist has learned so much from. >> i feel like i have a deep sense of pride in the service and our country and not so much just service men and women but just the hearts and minds of people of this country. >> it's worth taking the time to find this rock. >> wow. >> what an incredible tribute. >> 14 years he's been doing that. >> and putting the ashes into the paint. oh, my goodness. thank you for watching 9news now at 6:00 a.m. i'm andrea roane. thank you for your service, men and women in the service. i'm mike hydeck. good morning, monika. >> good morning. howard has the weather. >> looks good. in the mountains better chance you'll see a few storms. this morning we've got clouds around. a little bit